Hi everybody! I've got a macro-algae/seagrass/coral/biotope project in the works here, but before I started doing that, I did and still do planted tanks. My latest scape is a bit of an enigma to me and I'd love to know the "why" of it. Some details.
Tank: ADA 63l 60cm x 30cm x 35cm, tank volume ~15-17g
Lighting: 2x 24W T5 HO
Substrate: ADA Amazonia aqua soil
Filtration: Two Aquaclear 50s, and two Rio 50s powerheads
I won this tank in an auction at the AGA convention... Yep, this is the runner up from the convention. Was a great deal. I can't afford ADA otherwise.
I tried to maintain the scape using CO2 injection and ferts (TPN+) but I couldn't. So I rescaped the tank in December and ditched the CO2 on a gut feeling. Still dosed ferts in the beginning (TPN+). Well, this is what I ended up with. People thought I was just going to get a lot of algae, but...
As you can see, it hasn't been the epic fail that some people were predicting it would be. The most I get is a couple of spots of green spot algae on the class and anubias and like one tuft of BBA on a bolbitis leaf, which I remove. Not really enough for me to be worried. The tank has been running senza CO2 since December. I've been lazy at times with this system. I went away for a month to NYC (May) and came back with an overgrown tank, but not an algae mess. In the initial phase of it's setup I was doing big waterchanges every other day and just really keeping the tank clean. It wasn't dirty, but I wanted to keep it clean. It's tapered off significantly. I can go a month, but my crypts don't like that. They do better if I do weekly waterchanges. I dosed TPN+ in the beginning, but again, that's tapered off too, especially after I added the livestock.
I've done some minor tweakings and this is what the tank currently looks like. I removed the wall for my trip to NYC in May and reattached it when I returned. Swapped the moss on the wood for Pelia.
I'm just curious as to why it's working. I've got some newbies in my forum who are attracted to this type of setup and I don't want to steer them down the wrong path by recommending it. Hahaha, have to do a waterchange today. I don't know, I seem to get really lucky with non-CO2 systems in Miami. Do I have me some magic water? If you have any questions about the system, feel free to ask. I just grow plants, but I'm not very smart about the "why" of things. Thanks for reading.